Jul 3, 2017

Helen Cadbury



Helen Cadbury, novelist and poet and a good friend to many at the Poetry Business, sadly died of cancer on Friday 30th June with her family around her. Helen was very active on the arts scene in York, putting on plays, writing two very successful crime novels (and another to be published in September) and working on her finely crafted and moving poems which will be published by Valley Press on November 1st. Helen will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends in York and beyond. Details of funeral arrangements to follow. This poem is the last in Helen’s book. Please feel free to share it widely.


The Dance

In the dream
I am younger,
the room is huge
and I dance
over a wooden floor.
I do it often. It’s what I do.
I have a huge room,
as high as a church,
to myself and I dance across
its beautiful wooden floor
again and again.

When I wake
the dance is still in me.
It lightens my limbs
moves me to the kitchen.
The coffee brews on the hob
and I dance back and forth
from the table
to the fridge
and I am young
again and again.



Helen Cadbury

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